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Brue Farm, Lovington,
Castle Cary BA7 7PP

Early Years Foundation Stage

Brue Farm Day Nursery believes and understands that every child is an individual and deserves the best possible start in life.  We will support all the children to achieve their full potential by providing many opportunities linked to their interests. 

The components of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework include seven areas of learning and development, three prime areas: Personal, Social and Emotional development, Communication and Language and Physical development.

When children show signs of being secure in the prime areas of learning they will be curious and enthusiastic to explore the specific areas of learning: Literacy, Mathematics, Understand the World and Expressive Arts and Designs.

We aim to implement the EYFS to a high standard giving children valuable, stimulating and educational experiences both inside and outside.

“All aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage (2008) have been implemented in an exemplary way across all age groups within the nursery.  Individual needs of babies and children are exceptionally well met due to the effective grouping, dedicated staff and excellent organization, leadership and management.  Inclusive practice is evident in everything they do, with a strong commitment to working in partnership to ensure children are very well supported.  The setting strives for continuous improvement and constantly self-evaluate their practice to ensure the highest standards are achieved” – Ofsted report March 2010.

Each area of learning and development will be implemented through planned, purposeful play in both the indoor and outdoor environment. We will ensure that there is a mix of adult-led and child initiated activities. Practitioners acknowledge that children learn by leading their own play as well as by taking part in play which is guided by adults.

Through planned and guided activities practitioners will acknowledge and reflect on the different ways that children learn. The focus in observing how children learn is based upon three characteristics of effective learning:

  • Playing and exploring – children are confident to investigate and experience things and be willing to have a go
  • Active learning – children are able to concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements
  • Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things

For further information regarding the Early Years Foundation Stage please see: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/

Your child’s key worker will record your child’s development in a ‘Learning Journey’ and share their progress with you at regular intervals. We also encourage you to share your child’s progress with us by telling us about things they do at home.  ‘WOW’ observation slips can be found near the staff display board in the entrance hall, please use these to tell us about your child’s progress.

Our staff team, are trained to provide the right balance between child led and adult initiated activities.

“Children make rapid progress in their learning and development. This is because the dedicated staff team have a secure knowledge about the Early Years Foundation Stage and how to implement an appropriate play curriculum for the different ages and abilities that attend” – Ofsted report March 2010